Below are tools, books and other resources that have inspired us.
Sustainable Wellness Tools
Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life – Thich Nhat Hanh – In the rush of modern life, we tend to lose touch with the peace that is available in each moment. World-renowned Zen master, spiritual leader, and author Thich Nhat Hanh shows us how to make positive use of the very situations that usually pressure and antagonize us. For him a ringing telephone can be a signal to call us back to our true selves. Dirty dishes, red lights, and traffic jams are spiritual friends on the path to “mindfulness”—the process of keeping our consciousness alive to our present experience and reality. The most profound satisfactions, the deepest feelings of joy and completeness lie as close at hand as our next aware breath and the smile we can form right now.
Comfortable with Uncertainty: 108 Teachings on Cultivating Fearlessness and Compassion – Pema Chodron – This book offers short, stand-alone readings designed to help us cultivate compassion and awareness amid the challenges of daily living. More than a collection of thoughts for the day, Comfortable with Uncertainty offers a progressive program of spiritual study, leading the reader through essential concepts, themes, and practices on the Buddhist path.
Healing Words: The Power of Prayer and the Practice of Medicine – Larry Dossey – Physician Dossey probes links between medicine and spirituality in this popular study of the healing power of prayer. The power of prayer to heal is confirmed by dozens of laboratory experiments that Dossey cites. Prayer can help with high blood pressure, asthma, heart attacks, headaches, and anxiety; moreover, it can alter enzyme activity, blood cell growth, and the germination of seeds. An attitude of reverence and optimism is the best approach, he says, to spiritual and physical well-being.
Integral Spirituality: A Startling New Role for Religion in the Modern and Postmodern World - Ken Wilber – Applying his highly acclaimed integral approach, Ken Wilber formulates a theory of spirituality that honors the truths of modernity and post-modernity—including the revolutions in science and culture—while incorporating the essential insights of the great religions. He shows how spirituality today combines the enlightenment of the East, which excels at cultivating higher states of consciousness, with the enlightenment of the West, which offers developmental and psychodynamic psychology. Each contributes key components to a more integral spirituality.
Prayers for Healing: 365 Blessings, Poems, & Meditations from Around the World – Maggie Oman Shannon – As recent scientific research shows, the simple act of praying can be emotionally, spiritually, and even physically healing. With Prayers for Healing, Maggie Oman invites readers into a healing space that can transform both mind and body. Organized in daybook form, the book focuses on healing in all its dimensions – physical, emotional, interpersonal, social, and environmental. Quotations range from sources such as the Bible, the Tao Te Ching, the Koran, the Torah, and Native American texts, as well as from Deepak Chopra, Rumi, Martin Luther King Jr., Marianne Williamson, and others. Together they create a tapestry of comfort and inspiration for rejuvenation and renewal.
One Minute Wisdom – Anthony de Mello, SJ – In more than two hundred parables and lessons, Anthony de Mello points the way toward new levels of harmony, wisdom, and enlightenment. Rooted in the spirit of the Gospel, de Mello’s messages span the mystical traditions of both East and West. These parables/allegories cut straight to the heart of spirituality. One Minute Wisdom will help you break out of habitual patterns of thought and action to better express your religious beliefs.
Adam’s Return: The Five Promises of Male Initiation – Richard Rohr – Based on decades of work, travel, and experience, Rohr, a Franciscan brother and best-selling author, unearths the complexities of male spiritual maturation and helps us to understand the importance (as well as the increasing lack thereof) of male initiation rights in both western culture and the church. Joseph Campbell made the insight years ago that young men in the United States today were severely lacking because they did not have the “initiation rites” which had been an advantage to older tribal societies. These rites introduced young men to their proper role in society so that they knew who they were, what was expected of them and their proper roles as protectors and fathers in society. Rohr has risen to the challenge by creating such an experience and making it available to men all over the world.
Love, Medicine and Miracles: Lessons Learned about Self-Healing from a Surgeon’s Experience with Exceptional Patients – – Dr. Bernie Siegel – Unconditional love is the most powerful stimulant of the immune system. The truth is: love heals. Miracles happen to exceptional patients every day—patients who have the courage to love, those who have the courage to work with their doctors to participate in and influence their own recovery.
Prescriptions for Living: Inspirational Lessons for a Joyful, Loving Life – Dr. Bernie Siegel – Bernie Siegel offers a collection of stories on dealing with life’s difficulties. His intent is to pass on what others have learned in order to live happily. The prescriptions are evident in the chapter titles: “Family Matters,” “Children, Creation, & the Voice of God,” “Loving Yourself,” “Loving Others,” “Thriving in Bad Times,” “Surviving Good Times,” and, finally, “Prescriptions for Living.” The reader can use this as a self-help guide. The personal anecdotes and touching stories come from Siegel’s experiences as a surgeon and lecturer and from his own searching.
Yoga and You: Energizing and Relaxing Yoga for New and Experienced Students – Esther Myers – Whether you are new to yoga, returning to it, or want to enhance an ongoing practice, Yoga and You is an invaluable companion on your journey. Esther Myers brings more than twenty years of teaching experience to help you integrate this ancient wisdom into contemporary life. With clear step-by-step instructions for more than one hundred poses and with photographs and illustrations throughout, Yoga and You guides you from relaxation and breathing techniques through a comprehensive set of poses, including the most basic as well as advanced and challenging positions.
A Year to Live: How to Live This Year as If It Were Your Last – Stephen Levine – In this new book, Stephen Levine teaches us how to live each moment, each hour, each day mindfully–as if it were all that was left. On his deathbed, Socrates exhorted his followers to practice dying as the highest form of wisdom. Levine decided to live this way himself for a whole year, and now he shares with us how such immediacy radically changes our view of the world and forces us to examine our priorities. Most of us go to extraordinary lengths to ignore, laugh off, or deny the fact that we are going to die, but preparing for death is one of the most rational and rewarding acts of a lifetime. Levine provides us with a year-long program of intensely practical strategies and powerful guided meditations to help with this work, so that whenever the ultimate moment does arrive for each of us, we will not feel that it has come too soon.
Healthy Aging: A Lifelong Guide to Your Well-Being – Dr. Andrew Weil – In each of his widely acclaimed, best-selling books, Dr. Andrew Weil has been an authoritative and companionable guide through a uniquely effective combination of traditional and nontraditional approaches to health and healthy living. Now he gives us a book about aging that is unlike any other. Drawing on the new science of biogerontology (the biology of aging) as well as on the secrets of healthy longevity — diet, activity and attitude — Dr. Weil explains that there are a myriad of things we can do to keep our bodies and minds in good working order through all phases of life. Hugely informative, practical, and uplifting, Healthy Aging is infused with the engaging candor and common sense that have made Dr. Weil our most trusted source on healthy living.
The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals- Michael Pollan – A national bestseller that has changed the way readers view the ecology of eating, this revolutionary book by award winner Michael Pollan asks the seemingly simple question: What should we have for dinner? Tracing from source to table each of the food chains that sustain us–whether industrial or organic, alternative or processed–he develops a portrait of the American way of eating. The result is a sweeping, surprising exploration of the hungers that have shaped our evolution, and of the profound implications our food choices have for the health of our species and the future of our planet.
The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted And the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss, And Long-term Health- T. Colin Campbell & Thomas M. Campbell II – Referred to as the “Grand Prix of epidemiology” by The New York Times, this study examines more than 350 variables of health and nutrition with surveys from 6,500 adults in more than 2,500 counties across China and Taiwan, and conclusively demonstrates the link between nutrition and heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. While revealing that proper nutrition can have a dramatic effect on reducing and reversing these ailments as well as curbing obesity, this text calls into question the practices of many of the current dietary programs, such as the Atkins diet, that are widely popular in the West. The politics of nutrition and the impact of special interest groups in the creation and dissemination of public information are also discussed.
Touch, Caring and Cancer: Simple Instruction for Family and Friends — DVD with manual – William Collinge – One of the most comforting forms of support you can give a person with cancer is the use of touch. This inspiring and authoritative program (DVD with illustrated manual) was developed as part of a research study sponsored by the National Cancer Institute. It provides detailed instruction by leading experts in cancer support and oncology massage for safe and simple techniques anyone can learn and apply.
Ted-x Manhattan – Changing the Way We Eat
The Island Where People Forget to Die, by Dan Buettner, New York Times, October 24, 2012
Inner Being Meets Outer Doing and Spontaneous Combustion by Bonnie Hammond. Visit her website and sign up for her newsletter at www.emrph.com.
Aiding the Doctor Who Feels Cancer’s Toll, by Jane Brody, New York Times, November 26, 2012
Conferences & Seminars
Advances in Meditation Research – Conference on meditation (and the science of meditation) taking place in New York City on January 17, 2013. Go to http://meditation2013.com/ for additional information.
Cultivating Leadership Presence through Mindfulness: A Mindful Leadership Retreat – See the website for more information.